Soccer By Ives reports former New York Red Bull Academy standout and one-time U.S. Men’s National Team forward Juan Agudelo is set to make a move to Stoke City of the English Premiership – and the Red Bulls are set to profit from the deal.
Despite the fact that Agudelo has featured on two separate teams since departing New York, the Red Bulls will still make a windfall gain from a pre-contract agreement that will see the young striker join Stoke in January. Sources have also told SBI the move could come sooner, netting both the Revs and Red Bulls a larger monetary gain.
Interestingly enough, part of the deal which has drawn some hesitance from Revolution brass is that they would only own a small portion of the transfer rights, with the bulk of the profit heading New York’s way. That percentage remains undisclosed.
Agudelo, 20, was traded May of last year by the Red Bulls to Chivas USA for Heath Pearce and an undisclosed sum of allocation money. As part of the deal, the Red Bulls were guaranteed a large portion of the sell-on price for Agudelo and were also compensated by Chivas for a percentage of Pearce’s salary as well. Details of the deal were not made public, but it is clear those provisions exist even now as Agudelo plies his trade with New England.
UPDATE: Sources have told EOS that the New York Red Bulls will earn upwards of 50% of the Agudelo transfer. No confirmation on the amount the Revolution would receive or if Chivas is at all expected to be compensated.